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Forum topic by Craftsman70 posted 03-22-2013 08:40 PM 1546 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-22-2013 08:40 PM

I was just speaking to someone at Home Depot corporate customer service who was looking up something about an R4512. In looking it up, he said something that made me think the saw wasn’t going to be restocked in any of the stores. Has anyone else heard anything that would make you think the R4512 is being dropped or replaced?


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#1 posted 03-22-2013 08:45 PM

Haven’t heard anything, but that sure sounds like something Ridgid would do.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 03-22-2013 08:53 PM

It wouldn’t surprise me. Ridgid periodically updates its table saw lines. Let’s hope if they do, they go back to a one piece fence rail.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#3 posted 03-22-2013 08:58 PM

Haven’t heard anything along those lines. It’s been a few years since the 4512 was released, so it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if it’s due to be replaced with a newer model, but I think a more likely answer lies in how Home Depot has been selling the larger orange machines.

Most of the HD’s in my area (Atlanta) no longer carry any of the larger Ridgid tools, such as the R4512, JP0610 jointer or the drill press. I know that over the last year or two if you managed to find one of the jointers in store, there was a good chance you could get a discounted price on it, even though it’s not a discontinued model. I think they sell so few of the larger Ridgid machines (save the miter saw) that it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to dedicate the floor space to them, so many of them are now online only.

Recently I’ve noticed that Home Depot has added a free “ship to store” option for many of their larger tools (not only Ridgid). I think the likely answer here is simply a change in their distribution model more than anything. Several months ago I tried out an R4512 (didn’t work out for me, trunnion issues); did the buy online and pick up in store option. I just looked again and the number of stores that carry the saw has dwindled from just a few months ago. If you find a store that has maybe 1 in stock, it definitely wouldn’t hurt to talk to the manager to see if you could score a deal on it (check the trunnions though).

The Craftsman 21833 is identical to the Ridgid R4512. If you were to find out that the C’man was no longer being sold as well though, it might be a better indication of a replacement model.

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Bill White

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#4 posted 03-22-2013 09:44 PM

Way to go there Ridgid!!
Next, we’ll find that they no longer support the needed parts.
Did ya get the idea that I’m not a big fan of Ridgid power tools?
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#5 posted 03-22-2013 09:53 PM

The trend I have noticed with Ridgid stationary tools is H.D. tends to stock them for a while so customers are familiar with their product line. Then they switch to special order only, and fewer stores stock these big tools that take up floor space. Still, I have never had any trouble with parts availability or warranty support with Ridgid.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Tennessee

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#6 posted 03-22-2013 09:55 PM

Well, that is just swell, seeing how I’ve owned my Rigid 4512 for about a year, through one tough problem, solved by me, not HD. My luck I bought an orphan…

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#7 posted 03-22-2013 11:13 PM

From what I’ve been told, HD plans to stop stocking larger items like table saws and such and keep them as special order only so as to maximize floor space for quicker moving products. What I understand is that Ridgid will continue to make their current line for quite awhile.

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#8 posted 03-23-2013 12:06 AM

Scomel Basses x2
not just HD but Lowe’s also planning the same thing cuts down on inventory.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 03-23-2013 02:40 AM

FYI I ordered a Delta 18-900L drill press from HD recently as everyone else was out of stock. I was going to go with the free ship to store option but the guy at HD on-line said it could be a week or more before it ships as they will wait until they have a full truck before shipping. He suggested I opt for the ship to my house for $55 and said it would ship right away if I did that. $55 I though that was reasonable it was going clear across country. So I opted for the ship to my house and yep it sat there at the warehouse for 8 days before they shipped it. My guess is they shipped it to the store anyway then had a local carrier deliver to my house.

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#10 posted 03-23-2013 03:18 AM

In my area, you cannot ship to store the R4512 anymore.

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#11 posted 03-23-2013 03:52 AM

FWIW, in the Minneapolis area, there are 13 in stock divided between the six local BORG’s.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#12 posted 03-23-2013 04:04 AM

If Home Depot runs true to form and discontinues the R4512, there’s a good chance they will heavily discount the units remaining in the stores. I got a great deal on a Ridgid 3660 when they clearanced them out.

Hopefully, they’ll replace the 4512 with something even nicer. The last few generation of Ridgid hybrid/contractor saws have been pretty good saws and it would be great if they kept up the features and quality. The 4512 didn’t leave much to be desired, except for maybe cast iron table extensions.

Bill

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#13 posted 03-23-2013 01:18 PM

What exactly did he say that made you think they’re going to discontinue stocking the 4512? Even if they are, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the 4512 is being discontinued. Could be that if you want one in the future you’ll have to wait a week or so for it to come in from the distribution center.

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